Rep. Berman files bill to restore some gun exceptions

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Months after lawmakers approved a measure to overrule cities and counties with get-tough gun laws, a Palm Beach County lawmaker on Tuesday introduced a bill to begin restoring some limits on where residents can carry guns, reports Michael Peltier of the News Service of Florida.

Saying she hopes to at least generate debate, Rep. Lori Berman, D-Delray Beach, filed a proposal (HB 1087) to bar hand guns from childcare care centers and government buildings.

Lawmakers earlier this year passed HB 45, which prevents counties and municipalities from enacting gun ordinances stricter than the state. The bill prompted many cities to repeal a host of laws or face fines. Berman said it has led to a wholesale abolition of local gun ordinances that has caused ‘a gaping hole” she contends was unintended by state lawmakers.

The bill would prevent the carrying of concealed weapons in most county, city and school buildings. Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Boca Raton, is expected to file a Senate version.

Berman said she filed the bill after consulting with Palm Beach County officials, who were forced to rescind a number of local gun restrictions following the bill’s passage earlier this year.

Local officials included county commissioners Shelley Vana and Burt Aaronson, Tax Collector Anne Gannon, and West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio.

“We must protect our children when parents enroll them in a childcare facility,” Aaronson said in a statement. “Guns do not belong there.

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